UN Assembly Speech: “Terrorists from 83 Countries Now Fighting in Syria”

Tags: war, Syria, UN general assembly, speeches UN 9.30.2013, Mideast, terrorism, Al-Qaeda, terror groups, terrorists, Jihad

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Barack Obama on NSA Spying and Personal Privacy: Classic Doublespeak

“No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war.” – Barack Obama speaking on privacy in 2005

Mr. Obama had plenty of harsh words to say about the NSA‘s data collection programs under the George W. Bush presidency back in 2005. Three years later he would run for high office on some of these same statements.  Listen in the video below to what he had to say regarding the NSA collecting data and spying on American citizens without their knowledge or consent. We already know that most political candidates for the US presidency will say ANYTHING  to win the public trust and get elected. Then once they are in office, all bets are off.

I have to admit, of all the many many broken promises that were made to the American people by Barack Obama before he was elected president, I find this one particularly offensive. It’s the kind of thing which can inspire a person to NEVER ever trust a presidential candidate‘s words again.

When a voting population has been lied to ON SUCH A SCALE that it strains all credulity, how will that same voting public EVER trust what a political candidate says in a campaign ever again? I didn’t vote for this SOB, and I am proud of it. But I cannot fathom how millions of people who DID vote for him now feel. I don’t think the word “sucker” quite covers it. Here’s the video:

Tags: politics, lies, privacy, the presidency, doublespeak, barack obama liar

See also http://www.westernjournalism.com

NSA Maps Americans’ Social Network Connections [ And More ]

Report: NSA Maps out a Person’s Social Connections

WASHINGTON September 29, 2013 (AP)
For almost three years the National Security Agency has been tapping the data it collects to map out some Americans’ social connections, allowing the government to identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, The New York times reported.

Citing documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, the Times reported that the NSA began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine some Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after NSA officials lifted restrictions on the practice. The newspaper posted the report on its website Saturday.

A January 2011 memorandum from the spy agency indicated that the policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, the Times reported.

The documents Snowden provided indicated that the NSA can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, the paper reported.

NSA officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing, the Times reported. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest, the paper reported.

The documents provided by Snowden don’t specify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, the Times reported, and NSA officials wouldn’t identify them. However, NSA officials said the large database of Americans’ domestic phone call records revealed in June was not used, the paper reported.

Disclosures from documents leaked by Snowden earlier this year have sparked debate over the government’s surveillance activities and concerns that Americans’ civil liberties have been violated by the data collection. Russia has granted temporary asylum to Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., and his whereabouts remain secret.

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See also US NSA and UK GCHQ ‘can spy on smartphones’

Government Shutdown: Live Panda Cam at the National Zoo Shuts Down

Well that settles it. The National Zoo’s Live panda cam is officially down, at least for now. That must mean that the government shut down is real.  [ Sigh.]  I would much rather watch a live panda cam than a ‘sex box’ any day, how ’bout you?